2011/12 Champions League gets under way
Just one month after Barcelona won the title at Wednesday, the first games in next year’s Champions League already get under way this Tuesday.
The long road to Munich for the 2012 final starts today for the four clubs with the lowest
coefficients. Santa Coloma (Andorra) face Dudelange (Luxemburg) and Tre Fiori (San Marino) face La
Valetta (Malta) tonight, with the return legs coming next week.
The two winners will go into the draw for the following round, which features the likes of
Partizan Belgrade and Rosenborg. The Champions League will continue all summer, with teams of the
calibre of Benfica and Dynamo Kiev featuring in the third qualifying round, which will be followed
by the final series of play-offs, in which such big guns as Arsenal and Bayern Munich are involved.
Group stage draw on August 25
Barça, as Spanish and European champions, go straight into the group stage, which
will be drawn on August 25 in Monaco. The number one seeds will be defending the title won at
Wembley exactly a month ago. The 2011/12 final takes place in Munich on May 19 next year.